Disclaimer: This production included Queen Geek, Kitty Drexel in its cast. For this reason, this review is tempered to accommodate the NETG reviewing policy on Geek performance involvement.
Review by Gillian Daniels
(Cambridge, MA) Joe (Felix Teich) is an artist who creates complex dioramas and a loving and temperamental caretaker of his brother, sixteen-year old Robert (Elliott Purcell). Due to his cerebral palsy, Robert spends his days bound to their run-down apartment, watching soap operas. The Accessible Theatre brings us a reading of a play about brothers who have built their own world, insulated from the impoverished, drug-addled reality of their Ohio city. As with many stories, the status quo is disrupted when a woman, social worker Marianne (Rachel Sacks), walks into their lives. Her intrusion is a benevolent one, however, an attempt to confirm Robert is getting the help he needs.
Joe and his younger brother Robert live off the grid in a run-down, inner-city neighborhood. Robert has cerebral palsy. Joe is an artist. They are in perfect control of their world until they are discovered by social services and into their lives comes Marianne, a bright and ambitious young therapist. Can art and imagination fuel the life spirit?
Felix Teich plays Joe, the older brother, an artist who is fiercely protective of his lifestyle and his brother Robert. Eliot Purcell plays Robert, the younger brother who is adjusting to adult life without his parents’ support, and while dealing with cerebral palsy. Rachel Sacks plays Marianne, a well-meaning social worker who is assigned to Joe and Robert. Kitty Drexel joins the cast to read the playwright’s text and help illuminate the world of the play during our staged reading.